"Sep 21, 2005 11:13 INXS Name New Vocalist; Canadian Singer J.D. Fortune Chosen to Front Multi-Platinum Rock Band; First Single 'Pretty Vegas' Hits Airwaves Today; New Album Switch in Stores November 29 NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 21, 2005 After months of heated speculation, multi-platinum rock band INXS have embraced Canadian singer J.D. Fortune as their new lead vocalist. The new INXS will immediately head into the studio with producer Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams) to begin work on their Epic Records debut, entitled SWITCH. The highly anticipated album is scheduled for a November 29th release. "J.D. has a slightly dangerous edge and will bring a sense of spontaneity to our live show," says INXS guitarist Tim Farriss. "In addition, he has both the star quality we were looking for and is an inspired lyricist. I think he'll grow with us on all levels. We're a complete band once again." "It's an understatement to say that this is a dream come true," says Fortune. "Growing up, INXS albums like Shabooh Shoobah, Listen Like Thieves and Kick were a huge musical influence on me. I'd listen to their songs and wonder what it would be like to be in this band. That they've chosen me to be their new lead singer is just mind-blowing." Equally exciting for Fortune is the fact that "Pretty Vegas," the song he co-wrote with INXS guitarist Andrew Farriss, will be the first single from the album. The hook-ridden track, released earlier today, quickly became a fan favorite following Fortune's electrifying rendition on the hit CBS series "Rock Star: INXS." The three finalists (Fortune, Mig Ayesa and Marty Casey) each went into the studio with INXS before the show's final taping to record new tracks, but it was "Pretty Vegas" that struck a chord with fans. After viewers flooded message boards at MSN Music praising the song and the studio audience screamed for it at the finale, the choice was clear. "'Pretty Vegas' contains signature INXS sounds but sits somewhere between The Pistols, Elvis and R&B," says Andrew. "Combined with J.D.'s vocal, there's an energy and passion to the song that makes it the perfect introduction to the new-look INXS." "Pretty Vegas" will be available exclusively through iTunes for two weeks beginning October 4th. The new INXS will make its national television debut on Friday, September 23 on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." On October 17, fans in Los Angeles will be treated to a preview of the band's live show with a special performance at the new Virgin Megastore on Hollywood and Highland. In January 2006, INXS will take their show on the road and embark on their first worldwide tour in eight years. Fans can sign up for info and fanclub pre-sale opportunities at http://www.INXS.com. http://www.inxs.com http://www.inxsusa.com For more information on INXS, please contact Lois Najarian or Michael Moses in the Epic Records publicity department. "